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November 1996

The Liposhaver in Facial Plastic Surgery: A Multi-institutional Experience

Author Affiliations

From the Tardy Facial Plastic Surgery Institute, Chicago, Ill (Drs Becker, Weinberger, and Tardy); Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland (Drs Miller, Wang, and Cook); and Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville (Drs Park and Gross).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(11):1161-1167. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890230009003

Objective:  To report a multi-institutional clinical experience with the liposhaver in facial plastic surgery.

Design:  Nonrandomized, nonblinded, multiinstitutional evaluation of the liposhaver in a clinical setting in patients presenting for cosmetic facial liposuction.

Interventions:  Cosmetic facial surgery with the liposhaver was performed in 19 patients (21 procedures) who underwent submental lipectomy, facelift with defatting beneath the facelift flap, and/or correction of deep nasolabial folds. Standardized preoperative and postoperative photographs were obtained. Fat obtained from the abdomen of 1 patient was also studied histologically. This fat was excised sharply and was then liposhaved at varying oscillation speeds.

Outcome Measures:  Subjective evaluation by the operating surgeons.

Results:  The liposhaver was used successfully in all cases. The fat was cleanly shaved and the contour results were even, without dimpling or asymmetry. Operative time was comparable to that for conventional liposuction. Preferred cannula sizes and settings were determined. There were no cases of facial nerve injury, no evidence of increased bleeding intraoperatively, and no hematomas in the immediate postoperative period. One patient developed a small hematoma on postoperative day 5 that was effectively treated with needle aspiration and a pressure dressing. Histologic evaluation of liposhaved abdominal fat showed normal fat cells and well-preserved architecture.

Conclusions:  The liposhaver offers a precise alterative to conventional liposuction. It may be less traumatic because it requires low suction pressures and does not rely on the potentially bruising, vigorous, back-and-forth motion for fat extraction typical of conventional liposuction.Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122:1161-1167

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